DLA Piper


DLA Piper is a global law firm with 4,200 lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. Our global footprint allows us to strategically partner with the world's leading multinational organisations in respect to their legal needs.

In Australia we are trusted legal advisors to approximately a third of the ASX 100 companies and all levels of government. We have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra.

DLA Piper is the law firm of the future. We have undergone rapid expansion in the past decade to meet the constant changes facing a global marketplace and to help our clients deliver on their business strategies. In doing so, we are uniquely placed to provide our people with the global career opportunities they are looking for.


DLA Piper has a supportive and performance based culture founded on the diversity of our people, the communities we operate in and the clients we work with.


  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • Finance & Projects
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Litigation & Regulatory
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring
  • Tax


#1 law firm in the world: DLA Piper has been recognised as the world's largest law firm by revenue in 2013 & 2014 by “The Am Law 100”

#1 M&A volume: DLA Piper has retained its number one ranking globally for overall deal volume in 2014 by mergermarket for the fifth consecutive year

#4 Global brand: DLA Piper ranked fourth on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index

In Australia, we are recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency


We provide cutting-edge learning and development programs, and an opportunity to work alongside some of the best legal minds around.

As a seasonal clerk, you can expect to have a varied experience both in and outside the office.  You will work in a creative and dynamic environment, gaining first-hand experience in the practice of law by doing real legal work.

Summer clerkships are offered in all our offices, as well as winter clerkships in select locations. While your clerkship experience will be similar between offices, our program duration and intake size does vary.

Joining us as a seasonal clerk is your path to a Graduate position. At DLA Piper we recruit to retain and once you qualify, we will continue to offer you exceptional career opportunities, in an environment that is challenging, rewarding and, we believe, truly different from our competitors.


We are committed to supporting our people’s desire to experience working life in other parts of the world through the global DLA Piper network – giving them opportunities to work on multi-jurisdictional, international matters with quality clients and colleagues around the world.

For our Graduates we offer the opportunity to apply for a 6 month rotation to one of our Asian offices. We believe our approach to secondments fosters a global mind-set and is critical to our success.


Being an excellent lawyer requires a lot more than just comprehensive technical knowledge. Every aspect of our service has to be delivered to the highest quality, therefore our people have to be good at lots of things.

Our applicants are intellectually bright as demonstrated through strong academics, but will also bring unique life experiences and insights to the table. A DLA Piper lawyer is an excellent communicator, a collaborative team player and has a commercial mid-set, because our clients are the core of our business.

For more information about our application process and key dates, please refer to our website: www.dlapipergraduates.com.au